Guyanese Born Singer Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell of Brownstone Dies at 46


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Guyanese singer Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell, a member of the 1990s girl group Brownstone —has died after cutting herself in a fall at home in Southern California, last Friday (Feb. 27), a representative said Monday.

Maxwell, 46, fell backwards out of a doorway with a glass of wine in hand. The glass shattered and cut Maxwell in the neck as she hit the ground.

Although alcohol may have been a factor, authorities have yet to determine what caused the fall. An autopsy and toxicology test is expected to return an official cause of death.

Maxwell found fame in the early '90s after she formed the group with Monica “Mimi” Doby and Nicole “Nicci” Gilbert. The group was signed to Michael Jackson's MJJ label, and scored its biggest hit with 1995's "If You Love Me", a single from their debut album From the Bottom Up, that year. The song earned them a Billboard Music Award and a Grammy nomination.

The group went on to release another album in 1997, but hasn’t officially made music together since.

She was married to Danish music producer Carsten Soulshock Schack and is survived by 11-year-old son, Nicolaj Hojer.

The family is requesting privacy during this most difficult time. Our condolences go out to Maxwell's family.